Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).
National Women's History Museum's Biography on Shirley Chisholm
Benjamin "Pap" Singleton was an American activist and businessman best known for his role in establishing African American settlements in Kansas.
Kamala Harris was elected Vice President of the United States in 2020, becoming the first woman elected to the office. A daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris also made history as the first African American person and the first South Asian American person to be elected Vice President.
Before becoming Vice President, Harris represented California in the U.S. Senate. She had earlier served as California’s attorney general —the state’s chief law officer - and, prior to that role, Harris was the district attorney of San Francisco, California.
Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Harris' mother, Shyamala, emigrated from India to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she met Harris' Jamaican-born father, Donald. Shyamala carved out a career as a renowned breast-cancer researcher, while Donald became a Stanford University economics professor. At age 12 Harris moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and attended high school there. Harris earned a B.A. in political science and economics from Howard University and a J.D from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Carter G. Woodson was a scholar whose dedication to celebrating the historic contributions of Black people led to the establishment of Black History Month, marked every February since 1976. Woodson fervently believed that Black people should be proud of their heritage and all Americans should understand the largely overlooked achievements of Black Americans.
Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate, and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movements and a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African Americans.
National Women's History Museum's Biography on Fannie Lou Hamer
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our Global Headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and we have regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and our plans for the future by exploring the areas below.
Mayo Clinic's mission is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Our primary value is "The needs of the patient come first."
Our mission is to empower a nation of allies who work with us to provide support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research.